Google Apps Open Source Alternative – FOSSAPPS Magisk Module

Posted on the 12 December 2020 by Saeed Ashif Ahmed @saeedashifahmed

Every Android phone out there comes preinstalled with Google Apps or GApps like Google Calander, Google Chrome, Gmail, etc. These preinstalled Google apps take up a lot of space on your device, plus the users are always concerned about the type and amount of their data that is being sent to Google. Without a doubt, GApps are amazing and syncs with each other quite well, but this also means you are choosing Google to have complete control over your device. When it comes to having control over your device rooting, is the most preferred option that comes to your mind.

Rooting your device lets you decide which preinstalled apps to keep and which should be deleted. But what if you want an alternative to all the GApps? We got you covered. All you need is a rooted smartphone and FOSSAPPS.

FOSSAPPS stands for Free and Open-source Software Apps. It is a Magisk module that lets you install free and open-source substitutes for Google Apps on your Android devices. Here is some information about the Apps that FOSSAPPS has to offer:

  1. Etar: Replacement for Google Calendar
  2. F-Droid: Replacement for Google Play Store
  3. Ice Raven: Replacement for Google Chrome
  4. K9-Mail: Replacement for Gmail
  5. Koler: Replacement for Google Phone
  6. Lawnchair: Replacement for Pixel Launcher
  7. Metro Music: Replacement for Google Play Music/YouTube Music
  8. Ncalc: Replacement for Google Calculator
  9. NewPipe: Lightweight YouTube client with background playback and popup player
  10. Open Camera: Replacement for Google Camera, with manual shooting mode
  11. QKMSM: Replacement for Android Messages

There you have it, the replacement for all the GApps you can think about. But the question is where to get these apps? You can't just download them from Google Playstore (Need Google App Again). You also don't have to flash FOSSAPPS while installing the custom ROM. All you have is to install Magisk on your device and follow the steps below:

  1. Download and install Magisk Manager on your device.
  2. Developers offer four different versions of FOSSAPPS modules as follow:
    • Base: This version is for devices that already have Google services installed.
    • MicroG Support: This version installs MicroG components and is for devices that do not have Google services installed.
    • Full System App Replace (Beta): This version replaces stock Google Apps with FOSS alternatives and is for devices that already have Google services installed.
    • Full System App Replace with MicroG Support (Beta): This version replaces stock Google Apps with FOSS alternatives and also installs MicroG components for devices that do not have Google services installed.
  3. Download the FOSSAPPS module you want to install from here and transfer it to your phone's internal storage.
  4. Now open Magisk Manager, Tap on the Modules icon on the bottom navbar, and select the Install from Storage option.
  5. Select the downloaded FOSSAPPS module, and it will start installing.
  6. After the installation is done, press the reboot button on the bottom right.
  7. And now, you can use FOSSAPPS instead of GApps on your device.

Detaching yourself from the Google ecosystem can be a little tough for the first few weeks but, after that, it doesn't feel any different from using the stock Google Apps. But using open source apps makes a huge difference when it comes to privacy and security. So if you want to exit the whole Google ecosystem for a while, you can install FOSSAPPS on your device and keep them around if you like them.

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